Canadian farmers support rural-based charities with support from the Bayer Fund and its Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

Calgary, AB. – Nov. 3, 2020 – Fundraising is tough. For rural-based charitable and not-for-profit groups, this may be even more true in light of COVID-19. Many small communities were hit particularly hard as events and get-togethers, crucial to generating support, were cancelled this year. 


With the completion of the random draw in the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities (CFGC) program, supported by the Bayer Fund, 66 winning charities and not-for-profits were selected to share $165,000 in funding to strengthen their communities—each receiving a $2,500 grant to apply to a project or program that will enhance the lives of its rural residents and help grow their community.


“Rural communities across the country and the farm families and residents who keep them strong are critical to our agricultural business,” said Trish Jordan, senior business partner, government and industry affairs with Bayer’s Crop Science division. “We feel fortunate we can offer this timely support and work with farmers across the country to help identify those in need within their communities. There is never a shortage of good causes and we know the money is put to good use for the benefit of many.”


Participation rates have risen considerably over the past several years, which points to both interest among farmers in giving back to their communities, and the significant need among charitable and community groups. First introduced in 2012, the 2020 CFGC program received just over 900 farmer applications and charity suggestions, consistent with year-ago entries.


The program this year received many suggestions from farmers about how local groups in their communities could benefit from the grants, with community improvement projects; fire and health organizations; and recreation and sporting activities garnering the most support.


Farmers living and working in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northeastern B.C. had from mid-January to the end of September to submit their entries by visiting the Canada’s Farmers website and completing an online application form.


To read more community stories or gather additional information about Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities visit or follow on Twitter @CanadasFarmers.


About Bayer

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of 39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros.


About Bayer Crop Science

In Canada, Bayer Crop Science offers growers a wide choice of tailored solutions with an integrated product portfolio of crop protection products, seed treatment technologies, plant biotechnology and digital farming solutions. As a top employer in Canada, the Crop Science division employs over 450 people, spanning 22 research, breeding, production and office sites across the country. For more information, visit


About the Bayer Fund

The Bayer Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.  



Trish Jordan, Senior Business Partner

Government & Industry Affairs

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Note: A complete listing of all 66 winning entrants, their farmer nominator and their community, is detailed below. 



Canadas Farmers Grow Communities - 2020 Winners




Alberta Farm to Food Bank

Christina Ebeling, Edmonton

Andrew Agricultural Society

Hilda Andrychuk, Andrew

Beiseker Station Museum

Donna Hagel, Beiseker 

Derwent Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department

 Simon Noster, Derwent

End of Steel Heritage Museum

Janet Petrowich, Hines Creek

Friedenstal Historical Society

Ron Heck, Fairview

Friends of George Freeman School Society

Larry & Esther McDonald, Ohaton

Friends of The Milo Municipal Library Society

Barbara Godkin, Milo

Grassy Lake Community Library

Sara Torsius, Grassy Lake

Healthy Families Healthy Futures

Don Pearce, Westlock

Huxley Community Association

Charlotte Johnson, Wimborne

Rochester Public Library

Roger Morey, Rochester

Smith School Parent Lighthouse Foundation

Devin Attfield, Smith

Smoky Lake Holubka Dancers

Angela Semeniuk, Smoky Lake

Town Of Manning Beautification

Leeanne Pharis, Manning

Trochu And District Arboretum Society

Debbie Knieval, Trochu

Vibe Mental Health Capacity Building Program

Monique Hart, Vermilion

Windy Slopes Health Foundation

Mike & Christine Bennink, Pincher Creek




Arborfield Wapiti Library

Dana Mutimer, Tisdale

Big River & District Recreation

Improvement Association

Jelaine Kennedy, Tisdale

Canora Composite School

Derek Serdachny, Canora

Clavet Community Arena

William Epp, Clavet

Consul Community Hall Cooperative Ltd.

Randy & Cindy Genert, Consul

Creative Options Regina (COR)

Joe Frank, Fort Qu’Appelle

Estevan Family and Resource Centre

Jackie Moneo, Estevan

Foam Lake Daycare

Regan Osborne, Foam Lake

Glaslyn Community Arena

Sheila Lins, Glaslyn

Hanley/Rosedale Fire Department

Darice Carlson, Hawarden

KC Rescue

Brent McKinney, Unity

Little Prairie Daycare

Bobbi-Jo Connor, Beechy

Melfort Agricultural Society

Sharon Heavin, Melfort

Oxbow Arts and Cultural Committee Inc.

Carole Stewart, Oxbow

Rose Valley Community

Spirit Manor Co-operative

Loretta Prevost, Rosetown

Strasbourg and Community Recreation Centre

Greg Hill, Duval

Swift Current Minor Girls Softball Dan Runcie, Swift Current

Wadena Van Committee

Brad Jones, Wadena

Waldheim And District New Horizons Group

Waldemar Janzen, Waldheim

Warman Childcare Centre

Courtney Leavins, Warman

Wilkie & District Health Foundation

Brian Hawkins, Wilkie

Yellow Grass Minor Hockey

Lindsay Watson, Yellow Grass



Boissevain Boots 'n Bits

4-H Horse Club

Mitch Janssens, Boissevain

Grunthal Caring Hands Food Bank

Dave Plett, Kleefeld

Homestead for Hope

Shelley Boyes, Glen Ewen

Mather Community Hall Karen Melvin, Mathers

New Beginnings Daycare Inc.

Josee Matters, Ochre River

St. Eustache Minor Hockey Andrew Peters, Cartier

Treherne Delahunt Golf & Country Club

Len Timmerman, Sinclair

Valley Ag Society

Matt Hoffman, Morris

Wade Philip Galloway Learning Centre

Jocelyn & Lyle Marchuk, Bowsman

Wasagaming Community Arts

John Donogh, Souris




541 Eatery & Exchange

Brenda Snyder, Caledonia

Brant Men of Song

Larry Davis, Burford

Châteauguay Valley Régional High School Outdoor Classroom Project

Justin Nieuwenhof, Dundee


Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation

Bethann Vandevelde, Blenheim

Chez Nelson Café Bistro

Yann Collet, St-Denis sur Richelieu

Club De Patinage Artistique De Beauharnois

Brigitte Madlener Nieuwenhof, Dundee


Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario

Barry Jebb, Cookstown

Glencoe Agricultural Society

Larry Kettlewell, Appin

Kincardine Township Tiverton

Home & School Association

Jeff Dykeman, Kincardine

Les Loisirs De Saint-Gervais

Odette Arsenault, St-Gervais

North Middlesex Minor Hockey Association

Jim Denys, Parkhill


Cheryl Cooper, Metcalfe

Renfrew County 4-H Association

Agatha Crogie, Douglas

Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Racing Society Incorporated

Diane Cook, London




Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association

Julie Gould, Morristown, NS


Crescent Valley Resource Centre

Kingston, NB